Ascendis Pharma San Francisco, California, United States Full-time 2024-06-26

Ascendis Pharma is a dynamic, fast-growing global biopharmaceutical company with locations in Denmark, Europe, and the United States. Today, we’re advancing programs in Endocrinology Rare Disease and Oncology. 

Here at Ascendis, we pride ourselves on exceptional science, visionary leadership, and skilled and passionate colleagues. 

Guided by our core values of Patients, Science, and Passion, we use our TransCon® drug development platform to fulfill our mission of developing new and potentially best-in-class therapies to address unmet medical needs. 
Our culture fosters a place where skilled, adaptable, and highly resourceful professionals can truly make their mark. We offer a dynamic workplace for employees to grow and develop their skills.  

We are looking for a Regional Medical Scientist (RMS) who is the external facing scientific expert in Medical Affairs at Ascendis Pharma that communicates confidently about our products using clinical and scientific expertise.  The RMS is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs) and educating all healthcare providers about the disease states and products in the Ascendis Pharma endocrinology pipeline with a primary focus on supporting the anticipated launch of an investigational treatment for hypoparathyroidism currently under review by the FDA. The position is remote and reports to the Director, Field Medical Team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the field-based external facing medical representation of Medical Affairs
  • Create awareness of Ascendis Pharma in the endocrinology community and communicate the potential of TransCon technology to transform the practice of endocrinology
  • Maintain high level of medical expertise to support the portfolio/pipeline and relevant disease states (e.g., bone and growth)
  • Provide medical/scientific presentations to both internal and external audiences
  • Identify key opinion leaders (KOLs) and key organizations (e.g. professional associations, patient advocacy groups) for disease states within a geography
  • Identify the scientific needs of healthcare providers (HCPs), researchers, and patient advocates important to patient care within a geography
  • Develop and maintain a KOL engagement plan that foster collaborative relationships within geography
  • Capture external insights about the disease state, Ascendis portfolio and pipeline, and competitors and communicate to internal stakeholders in a timely and effective manner
  •  Build strong relationships with internal colleagues (e.g., Market Access, Marketing, and Sales) by providing medical expertise and support as needed
  • Collaborate with Medical Outcomes Scientific Liaisons (MOSLs) to support regional deliverables (e.g., scientific support, internal/external presentations)
  • Participate with the development and implementation of the Field Medical Team strategic goals and objectives
  • Provide scientific support at medical congresses to include participation in clinical data presentations, scientific exchange at the medical affairs booth, and internal or external meetings
  • Provide internal onboarding and ongoing medical training for commercial and medical colleagues
  • Engage with external researchers as a primary contact with interest in investigator-initiated trials (IITs)
  • Support clinical trial operations to ensure success with planned and ongoing clinical trials to include identifying, supporting, and regularly engaging clinical trial investigators, and sites. Participate in patient find activities as needed.  
  • Document all relevant activities in the CRM platform
  • Ensure understanding of and maintains compliance with department and corporate policies and procedures

Requirements

  • Doctoral degree (PharmD or DNP) or equivalent training preferred
  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree in Health Science field is required (e.g., RN, PA, NP, RPh)
  • Minimum 5+ years of pharmaceutical experience as a medical science liaison required
  • Pediatric endocrinology, endocrinology or rare disease experience preferred
  • Must be outgoing and appreciate the opportunity to interact with healthcare providers and researchers
  • Must have an incredible passion for patients
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with a high capability to understand and effectively communicate scientific and clinical information in virtual and live settings is required
  • Collaborates with a wide range of people to achieve results
  • Ability to work autonomously to organize and prioritize one’s own work schedule
  • Ability to make decisions which have a significant impact on the department’s credibility, operations, and services
  • Ability to create materials such as reports and presentations and to present/speak to both internal and external groups
  • Must live near major airport hub within geography
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license in the state of residence; must possess and maintain a satisfactory driving record
  • Estimated travel ~50-75%

A note to recruiters:

We do not allow external search party solicitation.  Presentation of candidates without written permission from the Ascendis Pharma Inc Human Resources team (specifically from: Talent Acquisition Partner or Human Resources Director) is not allowed.  If this occurs your ownership of these candidates will not be acknowledged.

Benefits

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid maternity leave
  • Paid paternity leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • Disability insurance